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9801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 10, 2007, 12:56:39 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 10, 2007, 05:12:50 AM

It's way too consistant to be a conspiracy theory.

I'm telling you, a resist comes EVERY fricken time there is a choice move up on the board.

I totally swear, if you open the top of the DS one more notch, so that it's open flat, and then turn it upside down when you try to cast a spell it will never get resisted.  Last night this worked like 20 times in a row.

slywink
9802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 10, 2007, 03:09:53 AM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on April 10, 2007, 02:52:52 AM


Much better!
9803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thank God your here on: April 10, 2007, 02:20:42 AM
Really?  I was pretty disappointed with the first hour, some good moments but it seemed so scripted.  I know the featured comedian was making it up on the spot, but everything they're fed is so rigid.  Like when Wayne Knight said the photo of the man was the "after" picture, it was a good joke.  But the girl wasn't able or allowed to adapt, and had to follow up by saying it was in fact the "before" picture for their next preplanned gag.

Maybe I'm just too used to the more usual format for improv.
9804  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: A great POTBS overview on: April 09, 2007, 11:45:30 PM
Here's the article's summary for the lazy, but the whole thing is a very good read:

Quote
      Easy To Jump In And Play without any steep learning curves
    *
      Micro-Balance Of Opposing Factions via matched skills and equipment
    *
      Achieves Dynamic World Changes through both PvE and PvP actions
    *
      Intrinsically Ties the PvE and PvP game to the game economy
    *
      100% Player-Driven economy
    *
      Palatable And Robust mission-driven leveling system
    *
      Cinematic Game-Play with full animation of avatars and NPCs
    *
      Uniquely Historical avatar combat system
    *
      Uniquely Historical naval combat system
    *
      Amazing Graphics that maintain rich appearance on moderate computers
    *
      Mac Compatibility
    *
      Huge Diversity in character attire and appearance
    *
      Full Circle, Winnable Game with rewards and with no end-game grind
    *
      Non-Grinding Production System for the manufacturing of all player items
    *
      Heroic Storyline that is different for every player, based upon choices made
    *
      NPC Sidekick Potential via unique storyline missions
    *
      Character Skill Choices, rather than gear, differentiates character ability
    *
      Absence Of Gear Competition promotes good game environment among friends
    *
      Thar Be Pirates, Matey!
    *

I'm very excited about this one, is it really coming out in June?  I very much hope they pull this one off, on paper at least it looks like they're doing everything right.
9805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reason #69 why the XBOX Live Vision Camera might have been a bad idea *NSFW* on: April 09, 2007, 06:31:10 PM
No obligatory Penny Arcade comic post yet? 

9806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Testing the psychic on: April 09, 2007, 06:23:15 PM
Let's see what we can dig up today...

Airplane on fire in Tennessee

Pilot dies in plane crash in East China

Flights to Hawaii losing seats left and right

Any good?
9807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 05:07:00 PM

Quote from: unbreakable on April 09, 2007, 04:32:22 PM

Are the quests very different among the various classes?

I'm pretty amazed at how long the game is, and how many quests.  And the amazing thing is, it never gets boring.

I don't think there's any difference in the quests between classes.
9808  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony Report Reveals First Look at Absolute Blu-ray and HD DVD Disc Sales Fig on: April 09, 2007, 04:02:29 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 09, 2007, 03:44:49 PM

I look at the 100k delta between them and one thing is verly clear to me - the war is still in full swing.

Yeah, I read the numbers to mean I'm either going to someday buy a combo player, or install both a blu-ray and HD-DVD drive into my HTPC.

Can't we just have them settle this with rock-paper-scissors?
9809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 09, 2007, 03:54:51 PM
Thank you GameFAQs forum via Penny-Arcade's forum, we now have....capture puzzle solutions!

I'm happy to say I've solved most of them on my own so far, but there are some that have long since left "fun" and entered deep into "annoying."
9810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/9) on: April 09, 2007, 01:57:43 PM
Alex Kidd, is that a Genesis title?  I thought that was only on the old Sega Master System.

I should be buying Paper Mario, as it's exactly my kind of game, but the backlog is just too big to justify any purchases.
9811  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Vive Pinata 19.99 @ target? on: April 09, 2007, 01:18:13 AM
The $30 deal was close to breaking me down, but if it's really available for $20 there's no way I can resist.
9812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 08, 2007, 05:04:11 PM
If it makes you feel any better, teaching your pinky to be useful is one of the hardest parts of learning real guitar as well!  You just gotta practice enough to give it some strength and dexterity. smile
9813  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Monitor, or Graphic's card? on: April 07, 2007, 06:42:48 PM
My first guess would be a loose monitor cable.
9814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 06, 2007, 09:43:40 PM
Great info in this Relic podcast.

  • Is indeed stand-alone but can combine with original Dark Crusade style.
  • Panzer Elite "really cool super-elite units" Jagd Panthers, King Tigers, Falschenjagers, infiltration stuff, "really cool really sneaky tactical options"
  • Both sides: want to play different against each other and contrast nicely with existing armies
  • Panzer Elite all about mobility, don't really have static defenses, all vehicle based
  • German Campaign exists
  • Brits: Very defense focused, many emplacement options, can dig slit trenches to create cover, focus on using officer corps to boost troops in radius
  • Brits: masters of artillery "tactical micro for artillery", creeping barrage "walking wall of death"
  • Brits: odd unique tanks, The Churchill looks like it belongs in WH40k
  • "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot, Ya bloody wanker!"
  • One of the Relic devs is obsessed with posting internet cat pics to the team...
9815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Tranformers: The Game Screenshots [56k] on: April 06, 2007, 08:13:50 PM
Megatron's so happy!
9816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 06, 2007, 07:53:51 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 06, 2007, 07:42:00 PM

Quote
If it were Yellow, Red, and then Green, do I hold down all three to play the Yellow note, then pull off Yellow to play Red, and then pull off Red to play Green?  If so, how am I supposed to know that I can hold down all three and get the right note?  Especially when notes are flying at me around Mach-2?  Pull-offs are so confusing to me.  Hammer-on's seem to make sense, but not going the other way.

You can hold down multiple notes and only the highest note will play.  This is always true* not just for hammer-ons/pull offs.  It's a fairly essential technique in the game. 

So, for example, lets say you have a series of red and yellow alternating notes coming up.  You could hold the green fret down the entire time and it will be basically be ignored. 

* Chords (defined in Guitar Hero as two colors that have to be be triggered simultaneoulsy) are the exception.  If it is asking you to play a Red-Yellow Chord then you cannot be holding down any other buttons when you play the chord. 

I think he's more asking how, if you're meant to pre-hold down green and red for some upcoming pull-offs, you're supposed to know ahead of time that those should be held down when you strum yellow.  The answer being that you either memorize the sequence after replaying the song a few times, or you pull-off the more lenient way that GHII let's you do: just finger the notes as they come without strumming.
9817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Price cut in October? on: April 06, 2007, 06:49:10 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 06, 2007, 06:37:49 PM

does anyone know if there is gonna be a price cut on the 360 core and premium when the elite is released?

9818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 06, 2007, 05:34:21 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on April 06, 2007, 05:08:17 PM

Also, does anyone know how you go about unlocking the encore songs?  I'm assuming I have to hit five stars on the songs prior to the encore before unlocking it, but if I'm wrong please correct me.  And can one unlock the encore performances on Easy, or must you be playing on Medium?  If so, it's going to be a "Long Road Ahead."
I believe you just have to beat everything on that level to unlock the encore, you certainly don't need to 5 star everything.

As for the pull-offs, I think GH1 did require you to have the higher notes pre-held down before releasing the lower ones, but GHII is much more lenient.  I think you can even get away with pressing the notes one at a time if you time it right.

Now if you're next going to ask how you transition from manageable chords and sequences to a sudden crazy string of hammer-on/pull-offs for a big solo, I have no idea.  Those still make me cry.

Time for a repost of xkcd:

9819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Target's Exclusive List By Console Updated on: April 06, 2007, 01:54:16 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on April 06, 2007, 01:49:37 PM

Quote from: warning on April 06, 2007, 01:24:02 PM

What impact does Microsoft having a one year lead have?  Is that factored into the list?

It's certainly going to effect some games on the list- I would expect first year 360 titles like Over G Fighters and Top Spin 2 would likely have been multiplatform if other platforms had existed at the time. 

Now you're making me wonder what Rockstar's Table Tennis might have been like on the Wii.
9820  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [360] Viva Pinata - $29.99 with Free Shipping on: April 05, 2007, 08:11:00 PM
Backlog...too big, but game...so tempting
9821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Election Held, No One Shows on: April 05, 2007, 06:07:26 PM
A town of 300 only has 35 registered voters?  Ouch.
9822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Puzzle Quest for DS/PSP on: April 05, 2007, 06:03:03 PM

Quote from: Starshifter on April 05, 2007, 05:30:24 PM

How do you guys spend your gold?  Do you buy new equipment for your character or go for all the citadel upgrades first?  I don't know what to do.  I purchased the dungeon and the stable (to train mounts).  I'm now hesitant to purchase anything.  I would like to upgrade my equipment but I could really use those citadel upgrades.  Any thoughts???

On a related note, how the heck do you get lots of gold?  I'm currently a Level 11 Knight and I have only 1,100 gold saved up and I'm unsure how to spend it because I don't want to gimp my Knight.

I don't think your money problems will last very long.  The item offering in the stores doesn't scale all that well as you go up in level--for me at least there were a lot of long stretches where I couldn't see anything in the shop that was better than rune-made, quest-given, or items I bought long ago.  I'm past level 40 now and I'm still using two items I bought in my teen levels (Firewalker Staff, Ultimate Troll Ring).

So I don't think you have any risk of gimping your knight, no matter how you choose to spend your gold.
9823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 05, 2007, 03:15:34 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 05, 2007, 02:58:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 05, 2007, 02:19:41 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 04, 2007, 11:12:58 PM

I think it sounds cool, but I bet after a shot time it will be only a few hard core types that use it often. Most gamers will probably check it out a few times then ignore it. It just doesn't add to the game-play that much IMO.

Do you see this as being all that different from PC games that allow for customization and mods?  There are lots of people who love spending their time making stuff, and I don't think it will be hard to find people willing to spend game-money on it.

I do think there is a difference. On the PC things like this are free (in and out of game). Forza is going to make you earn money so you have access to these things unless you have the talent/patience to do them yourself. A lot of people don't.

I suppose, but since your game money can only be used for buying cars or customization, it doesn't seem like much of a stretch for people to spend it on custom cars.

I think the real challenge for the feature is to give a good way to seperate the good stuff from the dreck.  Will we be able to test drive cars to see if the tuning really does what the tuner advertises?  How many pages of gag paint jobs will we have to sort through to find some serious ones?
9824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 05, 2007, 02:23:04 PM
I've also heard that CoH didn't sell very well.  I don't know if I'd immediately attribute it to a PC gaming slump, I'd guess it might have more to do with WWII game burnout.
9825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 05, 2007, 02:19:41 PM

Quote from: happydog on April 04, 2007, 11:12:58 PM

I think it sounds cool, but I bet after a shot time it will be only a few hard core types that use it often. Most gamers will probably check it out a few times then ignore it. It just doesn't add to the game-play that much IMO.

Do you see this as being all that different from PC games that allow for customization and mods?  There are lots of people who love spending their time making stuff, and I don't think it will be hard to find people willing to spend game-money on it.
9826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did you know? on: April 05, 2007, 01:55:00 PM

Quote from: mytocles on April 05, 2007, 01:42:02 PM

I'm wondering though about that whole IQ comparison - the percentage of highest IQ's in China and India being more than something like the percentage or our schoolchildren (sorry, vague paraphrasing at best).  My first thought was soon represented, somewhat, by the population figures... is it simply that there are so many children in those countries to make that inevitable?  Just a thought.

It was just a fancy way of saying that they have four times as many children as the US.  So yes, their top 25% intelligent kids exceed our entire kid population, but it also means their stupidest 25% exceed our entire kid population. slywink

I didn't make it much past that snippet, did it ever move on past different ways of saying China and India are overpopulated?
9827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Guitar Hero II on: April 05, 2007, 12:52:31 PM
For those of you new to GHII, don't forget about practice mode for learning those new sequences!

[consarnit]Back in my day, we didn't have no fancy practice mode.  We had to learn songs the hard way, in front of a booing audience![/consarnit]
9828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts expansion on: April 05, 2007, 12:49:24 PM
I'm amazed that they went with the British over the Russians, very interesting.  Can't wait to hear more details.
9829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Forza 2 will have a Live auction house on: April 04, 2007, 11:15:58 PM
Arkon wins!

http://www.gamingtrend.com/forums/index.php/topic,18390.0.html
9830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: April 04, 2007, 11:14:47 PM
Well, apparently Hobby Link Japan was selling them with an (easily removable) colored gun tip to satisfy customs, but they're now showing it as discontinued.  I'll pass on the word if I stumble across a good source.

To tempt you just a bit more, there seems to be another company that's creating a die-cast silencer and shoulder stock to make the masterpiece complete:

9831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Toys for new Transformers Movie on: April 04, 2007, 07:51:43 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 03, 2007, 06:48:49 PM

Quote from: Graham on February 02, 2007, 08:57:41 PM

The reason for Megatron not being a gun is largely because of the laws passed where you can't make a real-looking toy gun.  Remember when the Zapper for the NES had a grey barrel, but later ended up with an orange one?  That's part of the reason.  If you try to find an original Megatron, it can run you a couple of hundred dollars because it is pretty scarse now.  Apparently Hasbro thought about remaking Megatron in blaze orange and did a prototype, but it just wasn't the same, obviously.

thankfully, there's still a company out there that can make awesome TF toys...Takara (the maker of TFs in japan) is just releasing their new Masterpiece Megatron and it's absolutely awesome.  unfortunately, it's technically illegal to import into the US due to the restrictions on toy guns and can be confiscated by customs if you try.  it's the Megatron we've always wanted though...





Sorry for another Transformers thread resurrection, but a bunch of new pics of this toy were just posted, and well, I must have one.


Friggin awesome:


I bought the Masterpiece Optimus off of ebay, so how can I resist buying this in order to create:


It does seem like a slight improvement over the original toy:


Dear Santa,
9832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 02:29:26 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 04, 2007, 02:15:52 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 04, 2007, 01:40:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 04, 2007, 01:33:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 11:58:57 PM

A few forums have been buzzing about the DS/PSP game Puzzle Quest. Being a strategy game whore I immediately pre-ordered it from Amazon.
I know the title of the game is a bit misleading, but the game isn't really a strategy game.  It's more of a puzzle game...with quests.  Tongue

Yeah, I guess strategy game isn't the best term. I have played the PC demo, so I'm certain I'll love the full game. I really want it for lunchtime at work.

There's a PC version?  I've been hearing alot about this game but since I don't have a DS I haven't been paying attention.  I may have to give it a spin tonight- if I can rip myself away from S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

There's a PC demo but oddly no option for downloadable purchase, the PC version isn't even officially announced.  It's bound to come out some day, but I'm guessing they're having some kind of publishing woes.
9833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 02:11:12 PM
It really is just personal preference, I don't think you can go wrong with either version.  The companion bonus is nice for flavor, but it's not like you're going to have trouble winning battles without them.  I'm very happy with the stylus controls, especially for mount training where you only have 3 seconds to make a move, but I wouldn't mind having the nicer graphics on the PSP version.

If I still had my PSP, personally I'd probably still go for the DS version as it's more portable for my needs, and the stylus control is more important than graphics for me.
9834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I'm Cursed and Shall Never Get to Play Puzzle Quest on: April 04, 2007, 01:33:27 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 03, 2007, 11:58:57 PM

A few forums have been buzzing about the DS/PSP game Puzzle Quest. Being a strategy game whore I immediately pre-ordered it from Amazon.
I know the title of the game is a bit misleading, but the game isn't really a strategy game.  It's more of a puzzle game...with quests.  Tongue
9835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Core system (finally) $169.99 on: April 04, 2007, 12:33:21 AM

Quote from: Calvin on April 04, 2007, 12:20:30 AM

Quote from: JSL on April 04, 2007, 12:01:30 AM

I haven't seen anyone mention this yet, but Sony also put Daxter and Syphon Filter into their $20 greatest hits category. That is pretty nice too.

That is awesome. STOP TEMPTING ME.

You don't have to pay $80 to get your PSP in black!
9836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] Core system (finally) $169.99 on: April 03, 2007, 11:53:57 PM
Funny how so many seem to be on the same page as me as far as their pricing threshold for the PSP, $150 for the system, or $170 with a good game would be perfect for me.

I just hope that if they do come out with a redesign, they don't do something crazy like price it over $200.  Please?
9837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]armoured core 4 demo now up on: April 03, 2007, 09:58:42 PM


The PSP one actually looks pretty cool.  In the bottom right pic, is this what the AI programming looked like in the original?
9838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLM]armoured core 4 demo now up on: April 03, 2007, 09:50:00 PM
Carnage Heart?



If so, apparently there's a PSP version out in Japan:



Back cover
9839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Desktop threadzor on: April 03, 2007, 09:28:18 PM
Very cool, thanks!  I think I'll use that at home for a bit where I have a single monitor.
9840  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Mod's if I were you, I would watch out for Hetz trying to come back on: April 03, 2007, 08:37:38 PM

Quote from: jblank on April 03, 2007, 08:29:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 03, 2007, 08:24:22 PM

My god, calm down man.

You may have noticed that you and Hetz have a history of getting under each other's skin.  This is drama.  I think it's fair to say that the forum as a whole is tired of seeing the two of you bicker.  Hetz is banned, and he's still being a baby to you.  We agree that this is bad.  If it's just harassment in Live, then that's between you, Hetz, and Microsoft.  If his harassment in Live alerts you to something he's planning to do in the forum, it's a great idea to shoot the mods a warning.  But how about giving them the warning via email or PM, instead of starting a new thread (while the original banning thread is still smoking) and calling Hetz names and threatening him directly?

That's all I meant with my initial post, is it really such a crazy thing for me to say?

So lemme get this straight, he throws some shit at me, trying to start crap all over again, and you guys basically think I am the bad guy for making it public? That is crazy...CRAZY. Ya know what, if you guys wanna defend him so badly, why don't you just try and get him reinstated, its obvious he is liked a helluva lot better than me here.

I don't think anyone here is defending Hetz, and I don't think anyone here thinks that you were asking Hetz to "start shit again".  I think everyone agrees that Hetz is being stupid by harassing you on Live.  It's just maybe, with the history of argument that you and he have, it would be better to work with the mods to keep him from harassing you on the board, instead of doing it publicly. 

If you did feel it was necessary for it to be public, maybe it would've been better to just post the facts of what happened and what he threatened to do on the board, instead of calling him names and threatening him.

I'm really not out to get you, and I don't think the others in this thread are out to get you.  Hetz apparently is still out to get you, and that's just sad.
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